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The view from the podium

I’ve been agonizing over laptops again.  Every year or two, something comes around to make me question whether I should allow (require?) students to have laptops in the classroom.  This year, it’s two articles: Dan Rockmore’s “The Case for Banning Laptops” in the New Yorker and Rebecca Schuman’s response in Slate, “In Defense of Laptops in the College Classroom.”

For a long time, I agreed with Schuman’s position, which is basically that if students are stupid enough to spend their time surfing the internet instead of focusing on class, we should let them.   (more…)

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Grist today has a striking image of what looks like a wooden lightbulb–an LED wrapped in a thin wooden shell.  Here’s what the light looks like in a bright and dark room:

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